It’s Party Time!

Artists and volunteers enjoyed themselves after the concert.

Artists and volunteers enjoyed themselves after the concert.

One event the Hospitality Committee kept pushing for was a reception for the artists, especially those who had come from the mainland for the Monteverdi concerts. The biggest proponent of this idea was Carl Crosier, and if you know Carl, every production always has food associated with it.

So immediately after we had cleaned up St. Andrew’s Cathedral, all the performers and volunteers were invited to a reception in the nearby Von Holt room. This was a chance for everyone to celebrate together and get to know one another a little more fully outside of the music-making.

Thanks to Carol Langner and Karen Sender for organizing the reception.

Thanks to Carol Langner and Karen Sender for organizing the reception.

I would like to acknowledge and thank the Hospitality Committee for all the great work in organizing the ushering and ticketing. We received many compliments like “Wow, you guys are really organized!” and this was all due to Carol Langner and Nedra Walker. We decided to “go green” and not print up tickets. Instead everyone who called in a reservation or paid online had his or her name on a post-it on the program booklet.

Everyone digs in!

Everyone digs in!

The Friday Hospitality crew included: Susan Burns, Yvonne Hsieh, Chuck Pearson, Carol Langner, Jay Gibson, Raquel Gibson, Carol Jenkins, Cathy Tokishi, Audrey Keller, and Fred Benco. The Sunday crew included: Gail Kiefer, Ruth Merz, Rudy Riingen, Carol Langner, Ulrike Scherer, Susan Burns, Fritz Fritschel, Bill Potter, Jay Gibson, Raquel Gibson, Jimmy Castro and Rusty Walker.

Carl gets a lei and hug from Jeannette Johnson.

Carl gets a lei and hug from Jeannette Johnson.

When Carl Crosier finally arrived at the reception, John Renke proposed a toast “to the bravest man in Honolulu.” Either that, or the most insane!

In the “long time, no see” department, Joe Pettit met up with a college friend whom he had not seen in 26 years!

Joe Pettit met up with a college friend from Choir of the West days.

Joe Pettit met up with a college friend from Choir of the West days.

Cecily Murdock just moved to Honolulu with her family and happened to see a notice about the Vespers in the newspaper, and recognized Joe’s name in it. They used to sing in the Choir of the West at Pacific Lutheran University together.

Last Sunday when two of the tenors arrived, Derek Chester and Matthew Tresler, we invited them to our condo for a small dinner party. That was when Derek revealed how much of a Bach lover he is, when he showed us his tattoo of the Bach family crest. Wow, that’s devotion!

Derek Chester and Matt Tresler enjoy Carl's famous martinis.

Derek Chester and Matt Tresler enjoy Carl's famous martinis.

The Bach family crest tattoo.

The Bach family crest tattoo.

About Katherine Crosier

In addition to playing the organ I am interested in documenting life's special moments through journaling, scrapbooking, photography and slideshow production. My family just groans.
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